Holy Moly, I am in love with this stuff. I do have a couple of quick edits I need to make to my previous post first though.When you use the pre-treatment shampoo, you are supposed to leave it in for 2 minutes before you rinse it out. I forgot about that until I was rinsing it out but luckily I squeezed enough out to get some lathered up and left that in there for two minutes.My next reading FAIL was when the treatment goes on. I originally said you put it on and let it sit for 30 minutes and by that time it should be 80% dry. WRONG-O. After you shampoo your hair, you let it air dry until it is about 80% dry and THEN you apply the treatment. I really need two brains sometimes. I left half of mine somewhere along the way.
Okay, now that I've got that out of the way. These are the before pictures. They were taken 3.18.2011. My hair was air dried and if I remember correctly it had no product in it.
The pictures below are after the 48 hour waiting period. I did everything by the box and it really was simple but if you're going to do it I suggest you find someone to help you. It's not easy to get the back part of your hair and you want it to be as smooth as the front. You're dealing with high heat so it gets kinda humid in there and your arms get tired. You're supposed to sweep each section 6-7 times. That makes for some sore arms. After you get the treatment in, let it dry for 30 minutes and blow dry it straight with a brush you're going to flat iron it with a temp of at least 400 degrees.
Make sure you follow the directions that say do not over saturate because your hair is going to feel kind of thick and weird for a couple of days if you don't. The treatment itself has a fairly strong smell and the box recommends you use a well ventilated room. I do too. It's not a gross smell, it's just strong. Very coconut tanning oil-ish. After you are finished with the flat ironing, do nothing. No ponytails, clippies, buns...none of it. If your hair gets some kinks from sleeping you can run your flat iron back over it but nothing else.
48 hours later, shampoo your hair (sulfate and sodium free products are highly recommended. I have to use dandruff shampoo though so I just used s&s free conditioner) and condition like normal. When you get out of the shower, just as a test on your own. Let your hair air dry. See how it looks now. The pictures below are my hair after the treatment; air dried. I used my blow dryer a little bit at the end because I was going to bed and I didn't want it to get all kinked up while I slept but I was absolutely amazed. My hair is straight and I don't even have to flat iron it. After my second shampoo it feels a little rough so I think I'm going to grab a s&s free shampoo to alternate between my dandruff shampoos and see how that goes.
Either way. I love it. Those first 48 hours stink, literally. Your hair kind of smells like your body does when you get out of a tanning bed. Or if you have tanning lotion you leave in your glove box and it melts. Kind of burnt coconut, I guess. In my opinion, it is so very worth it.
Before, my hair was just this wild un-tameable beast and now I can roll out of bed and not have to worry about it sticking up everywhere. I can guarantee I will be buying this product again and again. I'll probably even splurge on the shampoo and conditioner they make to specifically go with this treatment.
If your hair is anything like mine, or even if you just want more shine and less work in the morning PICK THIS UP. It was $14.99 at Meijer. I know Meijer is only in a few states but it is made by the Organix brand so I am sure there are other stores that carry this line. $14.99 for 30 days of worry free hair? Hell yeah, I'm in.
I'm going to do a pic post a week in, 2 weeks in, 3 weeks in and then on my 30th day. :) Stay posted!
Here's one more pic of the actual product if you want to look it up.
Just so you know. I bought this with my own money and will continue to. I have no sponsors. Anything you see me blog about I bought with my own money unless I specifically say otherwise.
Today while I was wandering around Meijer I found Organix Brazilian Keratin Therapy (OBKT for my sanity) in the hair product aisle. I've been reading about Brazilian treatments but I didn't know of any salons in this area that did them, I wasn't sure I would be able to afford them and then the formaldehyde scandal hit and I decided NO WAY.
According to the packaging OBKT 30 day smoothing treatment is "An exclusive, high potency, keratin complex which reduces up to 95% of curl and eliminates frizz by penetrating the cuticle with keratin proteins." The OBKT box also says that it is certified formaldehyde free, so I'm going to give it a go.
You want your flat iron at high heat (400+). OBKT says it has ingredients to protect your hair from being scorched by such a high heat.
Leave the product in your hair for 48 hours. No ponytails, no clips. Don't tuck it behind your ears or do anything that might put a kink in it. This is going to be the hard part for me because I hate my hair in my face! I guess it's good that it's supposed to be pretty stormy this weekend so I most likely won't be going anywhere.
I have some pictures that I will post from a couple of weeks ago when I took some pictures of my hair after I had let it air dry without putting anything in it so you can see how curly/frizzy my hair was.
I guess we'll see how it goes! I'm pretty sure I've done worse to my hair :)
I used Gweneth from Zoya. It's a very pretty, deep red. It looks a little lighter on than in the bottle but I imagine another coat would darken it up some.
So far, it has lasted two days without me changing it. I'm loving having long nails but sometimes they really get in the way. Especially when trying to catch a 2.5 year old who is always going a hundred mile an hour!